Why You Should Be Excited For Czech!
As many of you already know, A Czech for English Speakers course entered the incubator a couple of weeks ago! Being a bit of a Czech enthusiast, I was slightly disappointed at the lack of excitement. I thought I would create a little post about Czech and hopefully I would get a few people interested! (Well, that and the fact I am procrastinating... I don't want to study for finals quite yet...)
Cracks knuckles Let's get down to business!
Czech is spoken by 10 million people, most of them living in The Czech Republic. It is the official language of the Czech Republic, but is recognized as a minority language in Slovakia.
It is an official language of the European Union.
It is actually a pretty simple language. It is a phonetic language, so you French and English learners can rejoice.
Czech is a Slavic language, so by learning Czech you could learn other Slavic languages more easily.
Now, if you're a bit of a foodie like me, you'll be happy to know that Czech food tastes as good as it looks. Wouldn't it be cool to order Czech food IN Czech? If you said no, you're lying. ;)
With your knowledge of Czech you could travel to the Czech Republic and truly be immersed in the language and culture. Now building on what I said in 5, Wouldn't it be cool to order Czech food in Czech IN the Czech republic?!
Czech music, classical and modern, is a joy to listen to! Browse modern and classical Czech music on YouTube to further prove this point!
I'm sure there are MANY more reasons why everyone should be excited for Czech, but that is all for now. I hope I accomplished my goal of sparking your interest in Czech.
If you would like me to make more posts on Czech or any other language, I would be happy to compose one when I am free, I actually had a great time making this one!
Thanks for reading! :D
Okay, I confess - and this is ALL true, by the way - that I never had any interest in learning Czech whatsoever until I read a comment by a well-traveled polyglot, where he said that of all the places he's been, Prague is his favorite city.
I am embarrassed to admit that I was not even 100% sure where Prague was. I looked it up. Holy cow!! I did an image search. HOLY COW!!!
Click here for a bigger image. Or do your own image search, for Pete's sake.
So when it was announced that Czech entered the incubator, I did a jig of celebration. But I have not said anything because I want Prague all to myself one day. I do not want the unwashed masses to discover it, move there, and ruin it.
It is so amazing that I am actually considering living there for a year after I retire. I've even gone so far as to look up what it would cost to rent a furnished efficiency or 1-BR apartment, and how much I could earn as an English teacher (and what requirements I'd have to meet), and how much I could earn in my own career field.
It's centrally located so you're an overnight train ride from everywhere. Seriously, just scroll through this page
I'm off to Google "Czech food" now...
That awkward moment when someone's comment is better than the original post.... :D
Aw, shucks, mine just had pretty images. Yours was much more informative. And, not to worry: I'm not sharing any of this with a single soul. The unwashed masses, remember? Our secret is safe here in this obscure corner of the Internet where no one looks. ;o)
Amazing photo collage! I think Google Image can rest today as I have indulged my eyes in enough wonders :)
Ahoj! I was also surprised it was so quiet about Czech lately. I personally am really excited about it (which you know really well about, btw.)
And I need to admit, Czech food tastes really good, especially in Czech Republic. So far I've eaten Czech food IN the Czech Republic but I didn't order it in Czech. I used an international language of pointing-a-finger-at-the-thing-I-want-to-eat-in-the-menu-card instead. Maybe next time I'll be able to do it properly ;)
See, we all spend so much time learning languages and we could just speak loudly... Add some weird hand gestures and you got the whole conversation covered :D
I know right? I have wasted tons of hours on this site when I could've just been using Benny's method AND I would've gotten a free puppy. :)
That sounds like me trying to speak Spanish to Spanish speakers, but in Portuguese ;)
Get a lingot from me :-D
However you will have to learn the rest 50% of his vocabulary in a Czech pub, because I don't think that sentences like: "I'll kill him, he's a total jerk" will be tought in the Duolingo course :-D
Perhaps not, but he make the language seem less intimidating. I really wish DuoLingo would have an audio sample of each language so we can hear what it sounds like for each course before signing up.
I just finished rewatching this series!
I've got family from the area so that's why I wanted to learn, but now I've got another reason!
One of my friends is Czech, but the only language we have in common is German. It makes conversations interesting when neither of us knows a word in German so I use a dictionary app to translate from English to German then he uses his dictionary app to translate from German to Czech with the results being a little hit or miss as to whether we got the correct translations or not.
Reading this gave me a different perspective of Czech :D By the time it graduates to Beta, I'll probably be finishing my Ukrainian tree and still be in the middle of the Russian one, so my Slavic knowledge should be considerable. That's, I think, one of the reasons I'll take the course!
You have the same plan as me! I told myself I MUST finish my Ukrainian and/or Russian tree before I start Czech. Thank you so much for commenting! :D
I am looking forward to trying Czech. My skating coach is Czech and I am looking forward to torturing her with my terrible pronunciation of her native language and incorrect usage of cases.
For some reason the formatting isn't looking right, I have tried messing with it, but it still remains the same. Sorry about that, guys! :D
I think you have to add a space after the 3. point and then it should work ok.
By the way, what exact meals do you have in mind, when you are speaking about our wonderful cuisine, I'm just curious :-)
Hey! Thanks, it worked! :)
Wellll, all of them look absolutely fantastic, but while I was reading the Czech Cuisine article on Wikipedia before I posted, the Prague-style beef goulash really caught my eye! :)
I am so excited about it :) !! I was waiting for this an also greek but they don't appear in the incubator.
I'm excited for Czech. I have distant ancestors from Bohemia, so it will be interesting to get a feel for what their language was like. Also the Czech's appreciation for beer is a win in my book.
I'm so excited for the course; sad that I'm leaving Prague tomorrow :( This was probably the cleanest and the nicest city I have ever seen.
I'd love to learn Czech! <3 But I'd also love to learn Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Hindi, Arabic, (insert countless others)... and I still have to work on my Spanish, French, Italian and Esperanto.... There are just too many languages to learn them all D:
Anyway, the only thing I can really add to this is that Prague is amazing! I've been there for a few days and it's such a beautiful and rich city. And the food! Don't get me started on that. Ah, I miss trdlo...
I couldn't remember the name of this amazing little sugary thing I used to eat while in Prague... Thank you so much! ^_^
unfortunately trdlo is not traditional Czech it is a tourist thing that became big a few years back and now there are vendors in town every few buildings. However tasty the treat is you can never get more traditional than fruit dumplings
I actually might go to Prague next summer. They probably won't be out with the course yet though since it's being made from scratch. I'd love to learn as much of the language as possible if I end up going there
Entirely coincidentally, I was already listening to Dvorak (the American Quartet) when I opened this.
I look forward to working through the Czech tree when it comes out of Beta (I don't like working on trees still in Beta).
If I had the chance to visit anywhere in mainland Europe, it would probably be Prague or Vienna. I understand both cities are beautiful and historic.
I would extend point #1: You could without worries say that Czech is spoken roughly by 15 million people, as almost every native Slovak will understand you perfectly if you speak Czech :)